A MAGA hat would have clashed with her green robes anyway.
Olivia Cooke will reprise the role of Alicent Hightower from Emily Carey in the upcoming sixth episode of “Dragon House” Sunday.
Cooke will portray an older version of the character and told Entertainment Weekly in a post on Wednesday that the show’s creators, Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal, originally offered him a very specific source of inspiration for his character.
Cooke told the outlet that they asked her to play Alicent “like a wife for Trump.”
But Cooke said she couldn’t take it.
“I just didn’t want to give them any more mental real estate than they already had,” Cooke said of a certain political family. “So I tried to find a different route to her, but I could see what they were saying with this complete indoctrination and denial of her own autonomy and rights. I just couldn’t be asked to borrow this way.
It’s easy to see why the showrunners of “House of the Dragon” felt that an older Alicent would fit right in with a far-right mindset if she lived in modern-day America.
Emily Carey’s portrayal of Alice thus paints a picture of a young woman who is used by older, more powerful men as a pawn for their own political gain. Her father, Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans), ordered her to secretly endear herself to the newly widowed and vulnerable King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine). After Viserys marries Alicent, he ends up treating his queen like a walking womb.
“How romantic it must be to be imprisoned in a castle and forced to bring heirs out of it,” Princess Rhaenyra (Milly Alcock) told Alicent in a very poignant moment in Episode 4.
“Alicent was completely raised to breed and to sire powerful men. That’s her only function in this life,” Cooke told EW. very girly and feminine way, but that’s just fucking bullshit. Unless you fight the men, you will never be heard. It is learning to live in this yoke of oppression. How can I move inch by inch every day to loosen the straps? »
Cooke then hinted at what viewers could expect to see in her depiction of an older Alicent – and it appears she’s taken a page out of Carey’s playbook on play the controversial character with more nuance.
Cooke told the entertainment magazine it was essential to find a “humanitarian hook” in Alicent.
“She does some fucking despicable stuff,” she admits. “But then you have to think, she’s trying to protect her son. She’s trying to maintain the patriarchy. She’s trying to maintain the legitimacy of the crown. All of these things that she feels are so much bigger than her. I think it’s That’s why when she can’t control that, she turns more to faith as some kind of tangible control, because she has absolutely none in her life.”
Read the full article in Weekly entertainment.